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CAG3002 : Level 3 Greek: Special Study

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Susanna Phillippo
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


1. To further develop and refine students' linguistic skills, as applied to reading and translating original literary texts in Greek;
2. To further develop students' independence in interpreting and analysing Greek literary texts.
3. To put into practice a range of resources (traditional and digital) in the advanced study of Greek literary texts.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students taking this module will read an Ancient Greek literary text, with a focus on refining skills of interpretation and analysis. The text(s) studied will be determined on a yearly basis, taking into account staff expertise and the need to avoid overlap between a student's Stages 2 and 3.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion601:0060:00For all assessment components
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities181:0018:00Discipline-specific technical skills revision
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading451:0045:00Selections from Module Reading List / weekly assigned reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching301:0030:00Interactive language classes/seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:303:00Assessment and formative feedback session(s)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study441:0044:00General consolidation activities
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CAG2002Level 2 Greek: Special Study
CAG8002MA Greek: Special Study
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Weekly small-group teaching is student-led, and provides the opportunity to collaboratively read, review and discuss the prescribed text(s), while further refining existing skills in:
- identifying and understanding a range of Greek linguistic and syntactical features;
- translating Greek into clear and fluent English;
- literary analysis.

Structured guided learning activities provide students with the opportunity to:
- review knowledge and understanding of broader themes, ideas and contexts (whether literary, historical, philosophical, socio-cultural);
- prepare for weekly sessions;
- further refine discipline-specific technical skills.

Guided independent study is intended as time for:
- skills practice;
- directed reading and research;
- preparing and completing any formative and summative assessment.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A50N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
Level 2 Greek: Special Study2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M502000 word essay
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises2MDiscipline-specific skills exercises
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Formative assessment is designed to practice skills which will be essential for the completion of any summative assessment, and to enable feedback at a crucial stage of the planning process. Summative assessment is designed to assesses students' knowledge and interpretative understanding of the texts studied, with particular reference to the application of their linguistic knowledge, and their skills in presenting their views and analyses of key issues regarding the set text(s).

The exam is designed to test the students' skills, developed over the course of the semester, in translating and interpreting an unseen text.

The essay allows students to engage in depth with their set text(s) on a specific question of interpretation, while practicing the fundamental academic skill of constructing an argument.

Students taking this module will be set versions of the assessment tasks that, in comparison to CAG2002, require more advanced analytical skills and/or independent engagement, e.g. with scholarly commentaries or secondary literature.

Reading Lists